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Regret is such a short word…and yet it stretches on forever.” Renata Suzuki

I, like many, thought in 2016 that Hillary Clinton was certain to win. Donald Trump was showing us who he was on a daily basis. The Access Hollywood tape, asking Russia to hack the DNC, calling women pigs,bankrupting two casinos and stiffing contractors were just examples of his lack of fitness for the job. What I didn’t realize was how many of my fellow Americans ignored, or worse, were okay with that. So, other than throwing a big Election Night viewing party to celebrate electing the first…


You don’t need me to tell you that the situation in our country is dire. Covid-19 is sweeping through our homes and hospitals taking loved ones and leaving survivors struggling. Structural racism has created an epidemic of health disparities, vulnerability and deep unfairness in our country. Since March, five million Americans have lost their health care, and millions have lost their jobs. And looming in the background, we still haven’t addressed the threats from climate change that grow more destructive each year. So what can you do other than go back to bed and hide under the covers? Plenty. We…


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I once read that everyone believes they are the hero of their own story. Don’t believe me? Next time someone goes on about an encounter they had, listen to how they frame it. “Sure,” your dopey cousin will tell you, “I hit that runner in the road, but the sun was in my eyes, and I was rushing to the ER, and my mom made me late, and even if it was my fault, I’m a good person, and this isn’t who I am!” See? Cognitive science has shown that we literally can’t make ourselves be the villain. If this…


The feeling is grief, we are mourning the life we were living before…

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Today my kid was supposed to be in NYC, celebrating her birthday with a few of her buddies. A dear friend was supposed to be heading to Hawaii to take her grandkids on a long-awaited vacation and we had been looking forward to showing my parents Washington DC at the end of the month. Another friend’s son is getting married in April, they’ve been planning the wedding for almost a year. And two close friends have kids who are graduating college in May or June, and for all we know, that’s on hold.

It can almost seem bearable to socially…


In which I recommend a dozen post-apocalyptic/ pandemic books

March 19, 2020

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Ever since humans have known of a beginning, we’ve imagined the end. One of my favorite literary genres has been post-apocalyptic, not because I’m a sick puppy (okay, maybe I am to a degree) but because I’m fascinated with stories where we peel back every layer of society and see what ensues. As a political science student, I understand that to be civilized is to enter into a social contract, and like any contracts, there needs to be a mutual agreement on the rules. …


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At one point last year, probably as a New Year’s Resolution, I announced that I would read 52 books in 2019 in an attempt to repair my broken brain, plus 52 seemed a neat number because I was turning that age and there were 52 weeks in a year! Ah, the promise of a new year. While I didn’t read 52, I didn’t totally fail. I reviewed a number on my blog, (and will link to those reviews) but honestly, some didn’t merit a review and there was one I forgot I read until this morning. Was it that bad…


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I love the holidays. I love the sight of a newly decorated Christmas tree, its branches bearing the history of holidays past, I love the smells of molasses and ginger cookies which I bake only at this time of the year, and I love the music which, in our house, I’m not allowed to play before October. But most of all I love the gifts. I love seeing packages wrapped in beautiful paper, tied up with bows, reflecting the twinkling lights of the season.

Before Martha Stewart was around to sew specially made wrapping paper and weave trim with tinsel…


Math makes me angry but these numbers are criminal.

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I suck at math. Ask anyone who’s known me for more than a few days and they’ll universally agree, that I just don’t do numbers. Which is why it’s nearly impossible for me to wrap my head around anything like algebra, compound interest, angstroms and estimating crowd size.

What does this have to do with anything?

Last week there was a report that in the PAST year alone the United States has separated almost 70,000 children ranging from infants to teenagers, from their parents at the southern border. To get some…


And two ways to make it less so.

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Is it just me, or have the non-stop memes, the incessant ads and the fact that I only see the same twenty people post (thanks algorithm) made Facebook — gasp — BORING?!? In an informal poll of three other friends, we’ve all come to the same conclusion. Mind you, I’m not one of those who have always derided Facebook. Back in 2008 I appreciated the opportunity to see what happened to my long-last classmates, loved the fact that I could share my outrage of the day, and welcomed the ability to chronicle my travels and kid’s antics.

But in the…


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The 2020 Election is a few days shy of a year from now. If you’re super okay with Trump as president, McConnell as Senate Majority Leader, Barr as AG and a number of Republican down-ballot candidates winning , as well as some truly odious state ballot measures passing, do nothing more than vote. There’s really no effort required, thanks to dark money, Fox serving as a propaganda tool of the Republican Party, and inertia. A body at rest stays at rest, so the default always falls to the status quo. …

Loey Werking Wells

Freelance writer and author of screenplays, short stories and articles. I've traveled to over 40 countries and have a hard time passing up the local dessert.

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